Makassar Reef

Also known as "Manta Point"

Dive Site Komodo Manta Point Makassar Reef

One of the best dive site to admire Mantas

The Manta is the largest ray in the world, they can grow up to 6 meters wide, and Manta Rays, the ones you find in Komodo National Park, are with no doubt one of the highlights of any diving trip in this park. Makassar Reef, also known as ‘Manta Point’, it is located in the Northern part of Komodo National Park, between Komodo Island and Tatawa. Manta rays can be seen in the Southern part of the park in Manta Alley, another site where you will feel blessed to be surrounded by this majestic species.

Taka Makassar Manta Rays Sanctuary

Your best diving holidays in one week in Komodo

Diving Cruise KOMODO | 7 Days / 6 Nights

Cruise in Komodo National Park,
Labuan Bajo to Labuan Bajo 
Departures 2022:
- 22nd 
of Jun
- 11th, 21st & 31st July
- 18th Aug
- 4th Sept

342$ per day instead of 375$
Total 2396$/person FULL BOARD

Up to 3 dives/day

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Global
9.8
Vessel
9.7
Life Onboard
9.9
Activities
9.8
Itinerary *
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7 Days 6 Nights Cruise Map Komodo

Day 1 : Embarkation in Labuan Bajo harbor

The crew will pick you up at the airport or at your hotel located in the West of Flores Island. Once arrived on the ship, you will get a refreshing welcome drink and snacks while the cruise director does few presentations. Then, you will take possession of your cabin and will be able to rest while we lift the anchor.
Then, you will do your refresh dive in Sebayur Kecil, an easy wonderful dive to put yourself back on the trail! At sunset time, you will have the chance to watch the exceptional giant bat show that covers the sky when the sun goes down in the South of Pulau Kaaba.

Day 2 : Rinca Island

Today, we will meet the Komodo Dragon, this fascinating species from the Jurassic! After that, we will go enjoy the stunning beach of Pulau Kambing and sail to Pulau Tengah and Padar Island for 3 amazing dives where you will admire, walls of corals with light current and more dynamic dives with pelagic but also great macro diversity!

Day 3 : Padar Island

Early morning, we will do a small trekking to the top of Padar Island to enjoy a fantastic panorama on the island and archipelago at sunrise! Later, breakfast on the boat, we rest and we go diving on Pilarsteen dive site which is composed of a wall covered with colorful coral and sponges, impressive marine life with schools of fusiliers and some caves and swimthroughs as part of the topography.
Very interesting dive site! After that, let’s go to the famous Pink Beach or Pantai Merah for diving on this unique reef and chilling on the beach. Later in the afternoon, we will enjoy a third dive in Pulau Sabita or Pulau Sabah where we will dive with Manta rays, sharks and schools of fusiliers… To end this exceptional day, we will have a nice sunset on a deserted sand bank!

Day 4 : Central Komodo

Let’s go diving to the famous Karang Makassar dive site, the renown cleaning and feeding station for the Mantas in Komodo! An amazing drift dives where Mantas circle around a huge pinnacles while getting cleaned up by smaller fishes… After lunch, we go for another exceptional dive site of Komodo, Batu Bolong: an emerged pinnacle located in the middle of the channel with currents facing the reef. You will find an amazing healthy coral life, joined by an incredible fauna diversity with sharks, giant trevally, schools of yellow fins, barracudas, yellow snappers, silver trevally as well as dogtooth tunas. Later, we will go diving in the waters of Pulau Tatawa which is a dive site not to be missed!

Day 5 : Gili Lawa

Again, some of the best dives in Komodo are scheduled for today! We will sail to the small channel located between Gili Lawa and Komodo islands, the dive site is called the Golden Passage: a world class dive site where we will go for TWO dives! You will admire beautiful healthy soft and hard corals as well as plentiful marine life, including turtle, schools of sweet lips and trevally hunting in the rich fast-moving waters. Later, we will go to the famous dive site of Cauldron located in a passage between Gili Lawa Darat and Gili Lawa Laut, interesting topography, strong currents that attracts amazing marine life: Eagle ray, Manta rays can be spotted there as well as lots of pelagic fishes like trevally, tunas and others. The dive site is also home to of a lot of tiny critters such as frogfishes and nudibranchs hidden in the marine flora.

Day 6 : Pulau Gili Lawa Laut & Pulau Bidadari

Early morning, we will go for a small worthy trekking on Pulau Gili Lawa Laut to admire the panorama over the Komodo archipelago at sunrise. You will take magazine pictures! After that, we will go for two incredible dives at Crystal Rock and Castel Rock which are two exposed pinnacles that attract a maximum of life from the area, clear water, medium to strong current and beautiful pelagic swimming around… In the afternoon, you will enjoy the beach facing the boat at Pulau Bidadari where we will organize a BBQ party under the starry sky!

Day 7 : Pulau Bidadari - Labuan Bajo

Since it is your last day of cruise, you will not be able to go diving but we prepared nice snorkeling, paddle or kayak activities in the proximity of Pulau Bidadari. After, we will cruise back to Labuan Bajo harbor, and you will have time to pack up and share your pictures and memories with your friends. We will have a small good-byes ceremony and drive you back to the airport or hotel in the area.

* Please note that the itinerary and services mentioned above are subject to be changed if force majeure, unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances require the captain or the crew to do so. However, we will always do our best to stick to this program.

Mantas cleaning station

Makassar Reef is the longest dive site in the park with more than 2,5 km long. It is a shallow drift dive to see Manta Rays at their cleaning stations. It is commonly dived between 6 to 12 meters, which makes it also a very popular and excellent place to go snorkeling in Komodo National Park. This sloping reef descends further but all the action is in the shallow, you can even spot the mantas easily from the boat before you jump in. Mantas go closer to the sea surface to feed and closer to the sea bed to be cleaned by yellow butterfly fishes and moon wrasses which are the primary cleaner fishes. That is the reason why mantas can be seen at any depth and at any time in this extraordinary site.

Manta Ray in Makassar Reef Komodo Manta Point

Topography of this dive site

The reef is quite rubbery, with a base of broken coral fragments and small stones. You will find at some points of the site, a succession of dunes and small craters as well as a rocky oasis thickly covered by hard and soft corals, gorgonians and sponges. The best way to find mantas is to cruise toward the Eastern face of the reef and you will quickly see them on the surface. The best time to spot Manta Rays here is during rising tide. There can be encountered up to 50 mantas together here. Despite their huge size, Mantas are a harmless sea animal, in fact they are very smart, friendly and curious, and you will be delighted by seeing them gliding above your head. In addition to this splendid display, you may also find turtles, bamboo sharks, black tips reef sharks, eagle rays, bumphead parrotfish, giant trevallies, huge clams, various kinds of sponges, and cuttlefish. And don’t forget to look around for macro life, as you can see some incredible nudibranchs and other macros, this is actually one of the best dive sites for spotting blue ring octopus.

Manta Point Komodo Makassar Reef

When should you dive in Makassar Reef?

A great news is that from 2014 Indonesia outlawed the fishing and export of manta ray to protect the species, so you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to have an encounter with these curious, intelligent underwater giants.

It is possible to dive at Makassar Reef throughout the year, since the average annual water temperature varies from 25°C to 28°C, providing comfortable diving conditions at any time. Manta rays are also seen all year round, but more mantas are sighted from December to February.

Black Manta at Manta Point Komodo Makassar Reef

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We choose to work with people we know for years, all offering a high quality service on perfectly maintained Phinisi.

All boats, Cabins & on-board furniture's have an authentic and sophisticated design, made with quality materials.


Spacious and Comfortable
shared space, Lounge, Sun Deck, Restaurant will grant you a maximum comfort.

You will also enjoy free access to kayaks and stand-up paddles (SUP) if you wish to explore the surrounding.
Then it's up to you to chose if you want to enjoy a stunning sunset from the lounge with a fresh drink or from the SUP in the middle of pristine water.

One of the most, if not the most important part of your cruise, The Crew. They all are experienced, they know when to be discreet and how to treat you well.

Another important part of your journey, the Food., you will enjoy some great dishes cooked with love by some skilled chef. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, you will be delighted all day long. 


You can refer to the label on the boat description to have a quick overview about the class of the cruise.
Luxury
 All cabins are equipped with Air conditioning and Private bathroom (ensuite). 
Comfort: All cabins are equipped with Air conditioning and some cabins may have shared bathroom (Max 2 cabins).

You should definitely consider the full charter option especially if you are planning this cruise with your family or friends. It will make the experience even more exceptional. As we offer a large choice of boat, no matter if you are 6, 10 or more than 12 we will find the best vessel according the standing you are expecting. From 1000$ per night in adventure standing, 2000$ per night in Comfort standing and from 3000$ in Luxury standing. Contact us for more informations.

Not at all, beginners can do discover scuba diving during the cruise (let us know to arrange it)


Open water certified divers or equivalent will have access to most of the dive sites, but to make the best of the cruise Advanced level and experience in drift dive is recommended. You can spend a few days with us in Bali before starting your cruise, by joining our Safari tour or to get your Advanced certification in one of our four dive centers, it will allow you to dive up to 30m depth, to join night dives and be more confident and comfortable while drift diving.

For an even better training we recommend you to join the drift specialty in Nusa Lembongan.

If you are more into Leisure, Yoga or Surfing, we can offer you some great cruise experience while practicing some of your favourite activities. Contact us for more informations.